Salary Guide: Computer Programmers

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Computer Programmers create the code and script that allows computer programs and applications to function correctly. Nationwide there are over 333,000 Computer Programmers who earn an average salary of $74,900.

In some cases, two-year degrees or certificates can be sufficient to find a Computer Programmer position but typically at least a bachelor’s degree is required. Popular fields of study include computer science, mathematics and information systems. Certification programs may give prospective Computer Programmers an edge on their peers but are not required.

In some cases, two-year degrees or certificates can be sufficient to find a Computer Programmer position.

Find out about Computer Programmer educational opportunities in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $72,230
Alaska: $75,450
Arizona: $74,420
Arkansas: $62,120
California: $84,470
Colorado: $78,390
Connecticut: $76,430
Delaware: $78,860
District of Columbia: $80,330
Florida: $65,110
Georgia: $73,100
Hawaii: $69,210
Idaho: $53,020
Illinois: $74,220
Indiana: $68,190
Iowa: $64,550
Kansas: $67,790
Kentucky: $64,360
Louisiana: $60,630
Maine: $57,440
Maryland: $77,260
Massachusetts: $90,620
Michigan: $69,010
Minnesota: $70,010
Mississippi: $53,960
Missouri: $70,150
Montana: $57,190
Nebraska: $62,820
Nevada: $69,930
New Hampshire: $65,960
New Jersey: $82,800
New Mexico: $79,510
New York: $78,680
North Carolina: $78,060
North Dakota: $51,210
Ohio: $68,030
Oklahoma: $59,830
Oregon: $68,410
Pennsylvania: $71,290
Rhode Island: $68,240
South Carolina: $64,390
South Dakota: $51,680
Tennessee: $64,940
Texas: $79,990
Utah: $70,300
Vermont: $81,090
Virginia: $76,960
Washington: $90,090
West Virginia: $51,980
Wisconsin: $68,190
Wyoming: $50,890

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $81,730
2. Los Angeles: $81,730
3. Chicago: $77,650
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $84,410
5. Philadelphia: $78,450
6. Houston: $74,860
7. Washington DC: $80,750
8. Miami: $65,460
9. Atlanta: $76,330
10. Boston: $91,520
11. San Francisco: $88,460
12. Detroit: $71,740
13. Riverside: $63,710
14. Phoenix: $75,910
15. Seattle: $92,840
16. Minneapolis: $69,070
17. San Diego: $77,680
18. St. Louis: $74,340
19. Tampa: $69,100
20. Baltimore: $76,500

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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